Are you tired of tweezing, shaving, or waxing your body hair?
Thanks to laser hair removal, you can now achieve smooth and hair-free skin permanently. However, it requires some skin preparations before the treatment and lifestyle adjustment afterward.
As the best medical spa in Rock Hill and Charlotte, Metrolina Medical Spa will answer your questions and walk you through the essential steps before a laser hair treatment. We will also set the right expectations, so you’ll know what’s ahead of your journey towards smoother and flawless skin.
Q: Do you need to shave before your hair removal treatment?
A: You need to prepare the area by shaving the hair and remove chemicals from makeup, deodorants, lotions, and skincare products. Any chemical residue or excess hair can react to the laser beam and cause possible skin issues. You need to let your skincare professional know if you have any skin conditions before your appointment.
How to prepare before a laser hair removal session
A laser hair removal treatment uses a minimal and safe amount of radiation focused on killing your hair follicles. New laser technology today expanded the coverage of laser treatments to all skin types and skin colors.
For best results, the light beam must access the hair follicles and let the pigment absorb the light and destroy the hair. It is the reason why laser hair removal works best for thick and coarse black hair.
Here are the essential steps to take before you have a laser hair removal session:
- Avoid sun exposure or tanning your skin one month before your treatment. Sunlight and UV light can make your skin more sensitive and lead to burns during your laser treatment.
- Shave one day before the treatment and avoid tweezing, plucking, or waxing the hair.
- Clean and exfoliate your skin before the treatment to remove dead skin cells and residue of the products you use in your body.
- Do not use skincare products with glycolic acid, retinol, and scrubs for two to three days and fourteen days for chemical peels before the treatment.
- Let your skincare professional know if you have your period. You will be advised to use a tampon or reschedule your appointment when you feel more comfortable with the treatment.
What to expect during your laser hair removal treatment
Beyond the promise of flawless skin, there are certain conditions that you should be willing to take in a laser hair removal.
At the same time, it also has some perks other than your dream skin. Here are some of the things that you should expect in a laser hair removal treatment:
#1 Having smooth and permanently hair-free skin is a gradual process
Your laser hair removal usually takes about 2 to 6 sessions since your hair follicles are at different stages of growth. The light beam only works for hair follicles that are on active growth. So, you have to come back for multiple sessions to treat another batch of actively growing hair follicles.
#2 The pain level is tolerable like a mild pinch
The permanent hair removal treatment damages the hair follicle using an intense light beam. It looks more painful than it actually feels. Most patients can tolerate the pain and usually compare it to a mild but sharp pinch.
Mild skin irritation or redness is a common side effect of laser treatment that usually subsides after a few hours. In some cases, sensitive skin types may experience burns and skin discoloration after the treatment. Let your skincare specialist know your skin type before your laser treatment.
#3 Treatment can take at least 20 minutes
Laser hair removal is faster than most hair removal methods like waxing. The duration of the treatment typically depends on the location of the unwanted hair. Though, large areas like back or chest hair will take more time to treat than armpits. It’s a fast procedure which is one of the best perks of laser treatment.
#4 It can also get rid of the annoying ingrown hair
Laser treatments can help you get rid of both fully-grown and ingrown hair in one set of sessions. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone and probably one of the reasons most patients consider laser hair removal treatments. The laser can reach the root of the ingrown hair even if it didn’t make it to the skin surface.
Laser hair removal at Metrolina Medical Spa
Get the most advanced and medically supervised laser hair removal treatments in Rock Hill and Charlotte at Metrolina Medical Spa. Our highly trained team will provide you with the best hair removal experience with the supervision of our medical professionals.
Laser Hair Removal using Cutera Prowave LX
We are using the Prowave LX, which is the latest laser technology from Cutera. It can handle fine to thick unwanted hair in large areas such as the legs and back.
Time is too precious to spend on removing your hair by plucking and waxing. Let our laser hair removal treatments do the job for you. Schedule an appointment now and achieve your dream skin this year.